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The New Berlin West boys basketball team fell behind in the first half and couldn't recover, dropping a nonconference game, 82-54, at Nicolet.

The loss gave the Vikings a 1-6 record, their fifth straight loss. They opened the New Year on Jan. 5 at home and travel to Pius XI for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday, Jan. 8. They then play a nonconference game at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Slinger.

Slow start

Against Nicolet, the Knights raced out to a 24-point lead in the first half, 42-18, before the Vikings played better in the second half, 40-36, but it was too little too late.

'Nicolet came out fired up,' West coach Brandon Mattox said. 'Our kids are not used to playing at 2 p.m. It was a different start, earlier than normal, and their inexperience showed. They played on heels and got in a hole.

'In the second half, we executed better, made some adjustments, played more zone.'

Tyler Torosian, a 6-foot-4-inch sophomore forward, scored 14 points to lead West, but eight other players scored. Torosian was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and had a 3-pointer.

Bright future

'Tyler has a very bright future,' Mattox said. 'He's 6-4, still coming into his body. He's long, lean. We need to put some weight on him. He played tenaciously. We have to look for ways to get him more involved. I was happy with his effort.'

Sophomore guard Joe Robey had 7 points, and junior guard Fred Cottrell, senior forward Sami Alfahel and junior guard Zach White each had 6 points.

Juniors guard Joey Verhaagh and forward Matt Obradovich scored 5 points each, while junior forward Hunter Pipik and senior forward Justice Dodd had 3 and 2 points, respectively.

'They did a good job on Zach (White),' Mattox said. 'But he has been struggling with a blister the size of a dollar on his foot.

'Hunter Pipik also gave great effort; he never quit. I was happy with his play.'

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line, as the Knights were 13-for-23 (.565), and the Vikings were 10-for-21 (.476).

Nicolet had three players in double figures in Max Walker (17), Jezzriah Burton (16) and Tyree Young (15).